Latest news

Recent news releases and decisions on ASIRT investigations.

  • May 19, 2020

    On May 14, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an incident that occurred when members of the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) responded to a 911 call that same day.

  • May 14, 2020

    On April 11, 2019, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate a serious and sensitive allegation of perjury by a Calgary Police Service (CPS) officer.

  • May 8, 2020

    On May 6, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an officer-involved shooting that took place that same day on the Queen Elizabeth II Highway near Leduc, and resulted in the death of a 27-year-old man.

  • April 9, 2020

    On Oct. 20, 2017, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an officer-involved shooting that took place that same day in west Edmonton, and resulted in injury to a 37-year-old man.

  • April 8, 2020

    On Oct. 19, 2017, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an officer-involved shooting that resulted in the death of a 37-year-old man that same day near Bashaw.

  • April 7, 2020

    On April 6, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a 43-year-old man who went into medical distress during an encounter with members of the Calgary Police Service (CPS) on that same day.

  • March 30, 2020

    On March 26, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the arrest of a 20-year-old man from the Sucker Creek First Nation, who went into medical distress immediately following his arrest.

  • March 19, 2020

    On March 30, 2017, ASIRT was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an officer-involved shooting that resulted in serious injury to a 34-year-old man during a confrontation with an Edmonton Police Service (EPS) officer.

  • March 18, 2020

    On March 16, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a 37-year-old man who was found unresponsive in a holding cell in the Edmonton Police Service detainee management unit (DMU).

  • March 9, 2020

    On March 6, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding serious injuries sustained by two males during a single-vehicle collision that followed contact with several members of the RCMP.

  • March 3, 2020

    On March 2, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an RCMP officer-involved shooting that occurred during a confrontation with a 54-year-old man that same day in the Porter Creek neighbourhood of Whitehorse, Yukon.

  • February 21, 2020

    On Feb. 20, 2020, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an Edmonton Police Service officer-involved shooting that took place earlier on that date in northwest Edmonton.

  • February 12, 2020

    On Feb. 11, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an officer-involved shooting that took place in Blairmore that same day and resulted in the death of one man.

  • February 11, 2020

    On Feb. 10, 2020, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding a motor vehicle collision that occurred that same day in northeast Calgary and resulted in the death of a 21-year-old man and serious injury to an off-duty Calgary Police Service (CPS) officer.

  • February 4, 2020

    On Feb. 3, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an incident where a 15-year-old male youth was shot during an encounter with members of the Edmonton Police Service (EPS).

  • February 3, 2020

    On Feb. 2, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding two officer-involved shootings that took place in Lloydminster earlier that day and which resulted in the death of a 27-year-old man.

  • January 28, 2020

    On Nov. 6, 2018, ASIRT was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding injuries sustained in early October 2018 to a 23-year-old man during his arrest outside Pierceland, Sask. 

  • January 27, 2020

    On Sept. 9, 2017, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an officer-involved shooting that resulted in the death of a 30-year-old man.

  • January 20, 2020

    On Aug. 14, 2018, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding a fatal motor vehicle accident that followed an encounter with the Strathcona County RCMP.

  • January 14, 2020

    On Oct. 19, 2017, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a 26-year-old man who was shot during an interaction with members of the Gleichen RCMP that day.

  • January 14, 2020

    On Jan. 13, 2020, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an officer-involved shooting that occurred northeast of Edmonton and resulted in serious injury to a 37-year-old man.

  • January 13, 2020

    On Jan. 11, 2020, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an officer-involved shooting that took place in Cold Lake and resulted in serious injury to a 26-year-old man.

News archive

View any news release issued by ASIRT:

Timing

ASIRT issues a news release and, in time-sensitive situations, a tweet:

  • after the province’s director of law enforcement assigns ASIRT a file
  • at the conclusion of an ASIRT investigation

Exceptions

ASIRT’s executive director chooses when to issue news releases or tweets for investigations into Alberta police officers whose conduct:

  • may have caused serious injuries
  • may have caused death
  • has led to sexual assault allegations

Balancing transparency

When ASIRT issues a news release or tweet, the team strives to:

  • disclose as much information as possible to the public
  • protect the confidentiality of witnesses
  • guard the privacy rights of those involved
  • maintain the integrity of investigations

Revealing names

In its news releases and tweets, ASIRT does not usually include the names of people who have:

  • died
  • been seriously injured

Exceptions

ASIRT may reveal a person's identity in a news release or tweet based on:

  • the circumstances surrounding the incident
  • a combination of other factors, such as the:
    • requirements of an investigation
    • person's position on their name being released
    • family's position on the name of their deceased relative being released
    • person's age
    • person's name already being in the public domain
    • stage of an investigation
    • limitations imposed by law – Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, Youth Criminal Justice Act, etc.